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Southwest France: Bordeaux and the Perigord

Savor history as you enjoy oenologist-led lectures, gastronomic heritage, ancient villages and prehistoric cave paintings in the timeless regions of Southwest France.
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Program No. 14253RJ
Length
14 days
Starts at
3,849
Flights start at
900
France

Southwest France: Bordeaux and the Perigord

Savor history as you enjoy oenologist-led lectures, gastronomic heritage, ancient villages and prehistoric cave paintings in the timeless regions of Southwest France.
Length
14 days
Starts at
3,849
Flights start at
900
Program No. 14253 RJ
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Apr 15 - Apr 28, 2021
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3,849
Apr 22 - May 5, 2021
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3,849
May 6 - May 19, 2021
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May 13 - May 26, 2021
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May 20 - Jun 2, 2021
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Aug 26 - Sep 8, 2021
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Sep 9 - Sep 22, 2021
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3,849
Sep 23 - Oct 6, 2021
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3,849
Sep 30 - Oct 13, 2021
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3,849
Oct 7 - Oct 20, 2021
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Oct 14 - Oct 27, 2021
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Apr 15 - Apr 28, 2021
Starting at
4,649
Apr 22 - May 5, 2021
Starting at
4,649
May 6 - May 19, 2021
Starting at
4,649
May 13 - May 26, 2021
Starting at
4,649
May 20 - Jun 2, 2021
Starting at
4,649
Aug 26 - Sep 8, 2021
Starting at
4,649
Sep 9 - Sep 22, 2021
Starting at
4,649
Sep 23 - Oct 6, 2021
Starting at
4,649
Sep 30 - Oct 13, 2021
Starting at
4,649
Oct 7 - Oct 20, 2021
Starting at
4,649
Oct 14 - Oct 27, 2021
Starting at
4,649

At a Glance

Romans of the fourth century tilled the soils around Saint-Emilion and began growing grapes. Today, the region ranks among the world’s foremost red wine producers. From the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, Southwest France resonates with the marvelous consequences of long-ago choices. Discover the Bordeaux wineries with Roman roots, the Dordogne and the living museum town of Sarlat.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Extensive walking on uneven ground and cobblestones. Stairs sometimes without railings.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the Dordogne Valley and the prehistoric cave paintings of Rouffignac and Lascaux IV.
  • Examine a complete retrospective of the works of Toulouse-Lautrec at the museum dedicated to him in Albi.
  • Discover each region’s unique cultural, gastronomic and wine heritage in the Perigord and Bordeaux.
Featured Expert
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Libby Chandler
Libby Chandler lives in the southwest county of Devon in the United Kingdom, across the English Channel from the Normandy Beaches. At the age of 22, she moved to France to live in the Alps and polish her French for several years. Libby is an addicted traveler with a lust for learning, spending her time in France and across Europe. Leading groups since 1994, she works as a freelance group manager for educational organizations and in the Himalayan mountains during the winter.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Libby Chandler lives in the southwest county of Devon in the United Kingdom, across the English Channel from the Normandy Beaches. At the age of 22, she moved to France to live in the Alps and polish her French for several years. Libby is an addicted traveler with a lust for learning, spending her time in France and across Europe. Leading groups since 1994, she works as a freelance group manager for educational organizations and in the Himalayan mountains during the winter.
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Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Four Kings
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Lonely Planet French Phrasebook
by Marie-Helene Girard, Anny Monet
This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
The Basque History of the World
by Mark Kurlansky
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The Food & Wine of France: Eating & Drinking from Champagne to Provence
by Edward Behr
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My Life in France
by Julia Child
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French Wine: A History
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The Cave Painters
by Gregory Curtis
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Edible French: Tasty Expressions and Cultural Bites
by Clotilde Dusolier
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Tasting French Terroir: The History of an Idea
by Thomas Parker
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South-West France: The Wines and Winemakers
by Paul Strang
South-West France is a wine lover's paradise that cultivates an astonishing array of grape varieties, many that grow nowhere else, and produces a fascinating assortment of wines. In this book, Paul Strang covers the South-West with enthusiasm and keen expertise, providing a history of its wine industry, including a near collapse and unlikely rebirth, and introducing readers to a region that seems to defy globalization.
F is for France: A Curious Cabinet of French Wonders
by Piu Eatwell
An alphabetized catalogue of quirky French culture and history tidbits.





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